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ARE provides housing services for Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, Page Counties, and the City of Winchester for low-income individuals in need of rental/utility/ or financial counseling support in an effort to maintain housing stability.

The first step in applying for housing services is to contact the Centralized Intake at 540-271-1701.

 

Here is a breakdown of all the Housing Services ARE provides:

Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA)

Program established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (also known as HUD) to address the specific needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS as well as their families.

What’s the purpose of this program?

The purpose of this program is to restore housing and independence to people with HIV/AIDS who are experiencing temporary financial crisis as a result of HIV/AIDS or other complications.

Services

  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA): Partial rent payment based on household income.
  • Short-Term Rental, Mortgage, and Utility assistance (STRMU): Temporary emergency financial assistance
  • Shelter Plus-Care-Coordinated Services in conjunction with Northwestern Community Services: Supportive Housing Assistance

Eligibility Requirements

  • Low income-Household income below 80% of the median income for the area

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  • HIV positive
  • Family caring of an individual with HIV

Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA)

The purpose of this program is to assist people living with HIV in obtaining or sustaining stable, permanent housing that supports consistent treatment adherence and retention in medical care. EFA is a time-limited services designed to help Ryan White eligible clients pay for essential utilities and housing when all other sources of funding in the community are unavailable and without this assistance participant would become unstably housed.

Services: 

  • Rent assistance-short-term
  • Housing stabilization financial assistance-start-up costs, such as application fees and security/utility deposits.
  • Emergency Temporary hotel vouchers

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Low-income households below 80% of the median income for the area.
  • HIV positive status
  • or family caring for a HIV positive individual.

Virginia Homeless Solutions Program (VHSP)

The purpose of the VHSP is to assist households experiencing homelessness to quickly regain stability in permanent housing and prevent households from becoming homeless.  ARE provides such services to support coordinated community-based activities that are designed to reduce the overall length of homelessness in the community, and the overall rate of formerly homeless households returning to homelessness.

Services

The eligible housing activities under the Virginia Homeless Solutions Program (VHSP) include:

  • shelter operations,
  • rapid re-housing,
  • homeless prevention,
  • and child services coordination.

The eligible housing services offered by ARE are rapid re-housing.  Rapid re-housing assistance is limited to literally homeless households, while homeless prevention assistance limited to households at imminent risk of homelessness.

Rapid Re-housing

Rapid re-housing assistance is limited to literally homeless households. These are households who, at intake, lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes those currently residing in a shelter and those exiting an institution (where they resided temporarily) with no housing resources.  DHCD Homeless Certification and VHSP Program Participant Eligibility Requirements documentation must be included in each program participant file.

The total period for prevention and/or rapid re-housing assistance is limited to 24 months within any three year period.

Rapid Re-housing Eligibility

When households initially receive rapid re-housing assistance they must be literally homeless. Re-housing financial assistance beyond three months requires recertification of eligibility.  This recertification must be completed every three months. Recertification requires grantee certification and evidence of:

  • Program participant household income below 30 percent area median income (AMI) – for recertification only
  • The household lacks financial resources and support networks needed to remain in existing housing without VHSP rapid re-housing assistance
  • Housing stabilization services are being appropriately implemented

Eligible costs included in the rapid re-housing cost category include:

  • Rent assistance/rent arrears
  • Housing stabilization financial assistance
  • Housing stabilization services/ case management
  • Housing search and placement
  • Credit repair

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (TBRA)

A rental subsidy through the HOME Investment Partnership Program which can use to help individual households afford housing costs such as; rent and security deposits. It may also assist tenants with utility deposits, but only when HOME is also used for rental assistance.

Services: 

  • Security Deposits
  • Partial rent payment based on household income
  • Utility assistance only if receiving assistance through the TBRA program
  • Households may qualify for up to 90 days of assistance

 

Homeless Prevention

Homeless Prevention assistance is limited to those households who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence and otherwise meet all other requirements for prevention including having household incomes below 30% AMI.  DHCD Homeless Certification and VHSP Program Participant Eligibility Requirements documentation must be included in each program participant file.

The total period for prevention and/or rapid re-housing assistance is limited to 24 months within any three-year period.

Homeless Prevention Eligibility

  • Households must be at imminent risk of homelessness, have household income below 30% AMI, and have no other resources.
  • Documentation of at-risk status and prevention assistance eligibility is required. Must use third party verification.

Eligible costs included in the rapid re-housing cost category include:

  • Rent assistance/rent arrears
  • Housing stabilization financial assistance
  • Housing stabilization services/case management
  • Housing search and placement
  • Mediation
  • Credit repair
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ARE is a part of the Continuum of Care for the state of Virginia. Check out http://www.continuumofcare513.com/events.html for information about the local CoC.

If you have Housing questions or want to find out if you are eligible for services, please call Oscar Cerrito-Mendoza at 540-536-5394 or Zanata Fenn at 540-536-5338